Friday, June 19, 2009

Albert Mohler on Expository Preaching-Part 2

Recently, Southern Seminary Magazine published an article by Dr. Mohler on expository preaching. I found it most encouraging and thought I would share it with my readers.

Authentic expository preaching creates a sense of reverence among God’s people

The congregation that gathered before Ezra and the other preachers demonstrated a love and reverence for the Word of God (Nehemiah 8). When the book was read, the people stood up, an act that reveals their sense of expectancy as the Word was read and preached. Expository preaching both requires and eventually cultivates an attitude of reverence on the part of the congregation. Preaching is not a dialogue, but it does involve at least two parties – the preacher and the congregation. The congregation’s role in the preaching event is to hear, receive, and obey the Word of God. In so doing, the church demonstrates reverence for the preaching and teaching of the Bible and understands that the sermon brings the Word of Christ near to the congregation. This is true worship. Lacking reverence for the Word of God, many congregations are caught in a frantic quest for significance in worship.

Christians leave worship services asking each other, “Did you get anything out that?” Expository preaching demands a very different set of questions. Will I obey the Word of God? How must my thinking be realigned by Scripture? How must I change my behavior to be fully obedient to the Word? These questions reveal submission to the authority of God and reverence for the Bible as His Word. Likewise, the preacher must demonstrate his own reverence for God’s Word by dealing truthfully and responsibly with the text. He must not be flippant or casual, much less dismissive or disrespectful. Of this we can be certain – no congregation will revere the Bible more than the preacher does.

2 comments:

IS ORTHODOXY OF MEN INERRANT? said...

Mornin' Joe,

wtreat here. ya'know joe, I always wished my folks would have named me joe, I always thought i wanted to be just another guy named joe. (that's a joke!)

Hey, some years ago Richard Land told me he believed that homosexuality was the only sin in the Bible called unnatural.

I wonder you take on that.

By the way, I am a southern redneck born and raised in Oklahoma but living in Missouri for the past 20 years. (married a yankee!) but a godly one. My wife is a former SBC missionary to Nigeria before we met.

Any way i find it amazing the pro homo crowd that jumped on wade's post.

drop me a line

In His Service
wtreat

wtreat1919@yahoo.com

Joe Blackmon said...

Yeah, in college in the music department there were about 6 of us named Joe including the chairman of the department and the wind ensemble conductor. I suggested we form the University of Montevallo Joe Ensemble and write a song called "I'm just an average Joe". Funny stuff.

I'll drop you a line some time. Gotta show pity on any southern boy that owuld marry a yankee. Haa